THE CLIMATE RESILIENT GRID: A FORUM ON ENERGY, CLIMATE AND THE GRID, June 14-15, 2017. Sponsored by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI),convened by the American Meteorological Society Committee on Climate Services, and supported by NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, The Collider and CASE Consultants International. The forum brings together thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to demonstrate the value of environmental intelligence and climate data for bringing renewables into homes and businesses around the country. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that non-hydro renewables will rise from 2% to a total of 10% of electricity generated in 2018. Wind, solar and hydro are not only essential for meeting energy demand, they're cost-competitive with conventional generation, per Lazard's Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis. Raising the level of renewables requires efficient transmission lines and new systems of microgrids, which in turn requires climate data, analytics and environmental intelligence. See proceedings See agenda
Keynote speaker: Alexander MacDonald, Spire Global Inc.; Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research & Director NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, an “Interstate Highway” for US Wind, Solar, Hydro, & Nuclear Power.Build a Sustainable, Secure and Affordable Electric System NOW!
* Dr. Michael Brewer, NOAA NCEI, Customer Engagement Section Chief
* Dr. Otis Brown, NOAA CICS-NC / NC State University
* Dr. Judsen Bruzgul, Manager, ICF International Climate Resilience: Examples from Working with DOE and Utilities
* Dr. Delavane Diaz, Sr. Technical Leader, Energy & Environmental Analysis, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
* Dr. Pearl Donohoo-Vallett, The Brattle Group Utility Impacts from a Changing Climate
* Daniel Kassis, Vice President, SCAN A The Climate Resilient Grid: A Utility Perspective
* John Gajda, Manager, Operations Support, Distributed Energy Technologies Department, Duke Energy Duke Energy's Distributed Future
* Dr. Michael Legatt, CEO and Founder, The Resilient Grid, Moving Towards a More Reliable, Robust, and Resilient Clean Energy Grid
*Dr. Jessica Matthews, NOAA CICS-NC / NC State UniversityNext-Generation Environmental Intelligence for the Solar Industry
* Michael McPeck, Lead Engineer, National Grid, and the Liaison to the Department of Energy Partnership for Energy Sector Climate ResilienceNational Grid Climate Resiliency Initiatives: Insights from Utilities Engaged in Climate Resilience
* Dr. Ria Persad, CEO, StatWeather Managing Weather and Climate Risk for Grid Resilience and Reliability
* Dr. Anthony Smith, PhD, President and CEO Secure Futures, LLC, Confronting the Reality: A Virginia Case Study
* Gregory Stunder, J.D., Vice President Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Philadelphia Gas Works, What's Normal Anyway?
* Thomas Flaherty, MES International Why is the World Moving to Distributed Generation (DG)?
* Dr. Russ Vose, NOAA NCEI, Climate Science Branch Chief What is Normal, Anyway?
* Mary Wohlgemuth, Director and Dr. Margarita Gregg, Deputy Director, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information The Value of NCEI Environmental Data
LIST OF EVENTS
Registration is now open for this year’s Where Building Science Meets Climate Science. The American Institute of Architects Asheville Section presents the symposium theme - “Deep Retrofit” – renovation of existing buildings to promote sustainable design.
Thursday evening’s public lecture is free, and all community members are invited to attend to hear a pre-conference lecture by architectural historian Daniel A. Barber who discusses his recent book, A House in the Sun.
Friday’s conference is geared toward design and construction professionals. Two senior associates from the award-winning global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK. HOK’s Director of Sustainable Design, Anica Landreneau, will discuss the importance of sustainable design in the adaptive reuse of existing structures. Kyle Prenzlow, Senior Associate with HOK’s San Francisco office, will describe the firm’s sustainable design of NOAA's Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center, one of AIA’s 2017 COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top 10 Award winners.
CASE Consultants International, a certified education provider with the American Planning Association (APA), presents “Climate Wise Brownfields”, a continuing education symposium June 13, 2017, in collaboration with the Cooperative Institute of Climate and Satellites - North Carolina (CICS-NC), the NC State University research institute co-located with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. The workshop features top experts in the field of brownfields. Featured Speakers: Camilla Warren, Fred Delk, Executive Director of the Columbia Development Corporation of Columbia, SC/. Mr. Delk has led the rebirth of Columbia’s downtown through innovative uses of brownfields; and Lee Harrop. Topics include city planning, brownfields finance, and climate mitigation and adaptation via brownfields reuse:
Game-Changing Resilient Infrastructure June 22, 2017. - CASE Consultants International, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (aka North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS)), and the American Planning Association (APA) present a continuing education symposium featuring top experts in the field of resilient infrastructure that changes the character of communities. Case studies presented illustrate the importance of these projects to both climate mitigation and adaptation and to the economic future and self-image of communities. These include: North Carolina’s first “green street,” the High Line project in New York City, and several green infrastructure projects in the host city of Asheville, North Carolina. How to get these projects designed, funded and implemented are focal points of the agenda.
Our society depends on science to provide the sound foundations for the many decisions we make every day. On this page we highlight some of the valuable contributions climate science brings to our lives, business and communities.
CASE Consultants International depends on authentic data provided principally through NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. CASE provides climate education to professionals that seek means to incorporate the latest climate science into their work in professional planning, architecture, landscaping, civil engineering, transportation, infrastructure design and much, much more.
CASE is proud to be a certified provider of continuing professional education with the American Planning Association. We bring together top notch practitioners in climate-sensitive sectors and world-class climate scientists, fulfilling our goal of mainstreaming climate science into professional practice.
"Resilient Places: Planning for Our Future", February 24-25, 2017. An educational symposium for regional, town and county planners in collaboration with the American Planning Association and The Collider: Program Chair Mr. Scott Shuford, AICP.
Featured speaker - Phillip Horne, Assistant Vice President at The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Horne has a distinguished career in higher education, government and public relations, media and entrepreneurship. He is formerly the President and CEO of the Foundation of Renewal for Eastern North Carolina, an affiliate of the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise. “Financing Green Infrastructure,” Altura’s unique and far-reaching funding opportunities for nonprofit organizations, including capital projects such as construction and renovation as well as green tech projects - See Press Release.
In a year with wildfires raging in the West, extreme flooding from Hurricane Harvey, and widespread damage from record-setting Irma, the need for architects to include climate factors in their infrastructure design becomes even more pressing.. Where Building Science meets Climate Science, the 3rd annual The American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Climate Adaptive Design Symposium, in Asheville, NC is a collaboration between the Asheville Section of American Institute of Architects (AIA Asheville), The Collider, Asheville Living Building Challenge Collaborative (Avl LBCC) and CASE Consultants International.
Visit Tally’s website for further information, user stories, and our LEED v4 credit guide
Life Cycle Assessment, by K. Simonen, Routledge 2014, for general whole building LCA information
View the USGBC Credit Library v4
Extreme and slow-onset climate change-related events influence the global movement of people within and across boundaries. According to the UNFCCC WIM TASKFORCE ON DISPLACEMENT ACTIVITIES III.1-3: "Climate and weather-related disasters regularly account for most (86%) of the global total with almost 196 million displacements recorded." At a public evening event on June 20, 2018, Professor Julie Maldonado, Ph.D., presents "Community Resettlement: Obstacles, Challenges and Opportunities" at The Collider, a nonprofit innovation center focused on catalyzing market-driven climate solutions. A lecturer at UC Santa Barbara, Julie Maldonado, Ph.D., shares her experiences with communities, such as the Isle de Jean Charles Tribe in Louisiana, that face complex cultural, social, legal, and economic factors from being climate-displaced. Edward Gardiner, Ph.D., demonstrates the Climate Resilience Toolkit developed at NOAA.
Generous support for the event was provided by The Collider and Infrastructure Services Group, LLC. ; CASE Consultants International; Riverside Technology; North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies / NC State University (NCICS/NCSU); NOAA-NCEI staff; as well as faculty from Yale University. Dane Ratliff, LL.M.,M.A., Senior Fellow of the Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), and Dr. Maya Prabhu, M.D., LL.B., of Yale University’s School of Medicine, lead the overall program.
Mr. Ratliff and Dr. Prabhu led a technical workshop, by invitation-only, Thursday, June 21, 2018. It itself is a planning meeting for a conference to be held at the Yale University MacMillan Center in October. Highlights of the technical workshop include:
Overview of the Issues pertinent to climate-induced displacement (CID)
Atle Solberg, Head of Coordination Unit, Platform on Disaster Displacement
Knowledge gaps in the law/policy frameworks that climate science can fill
Isabelle Michal, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
Climate Science needed for Law and Policy
Ahira Sanchez-Lugo, NOAA NCEI Scientist - Global State of the Climate
Mike Kruk, NOAA NCEI, ERT - Sea-level Rise
Dave Easterling, Ph.D. NOAA NCEI - U.S. National Climate Assessment
Ken Kunkel, Ph.D., Scientist and Professor, North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS) - Climate Projections and Tipping Points
The Interplay between Climate Science and Law and Policy
Marjorie McGuirk, CASE Consultants International
Julie Maldonado, Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara. Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana
Maitre Ayman Cherkaoui, UNFCCC Cop 22 Legal Advisor to the Kingdom of Morocco. Climate Displacement in Africa.
Adam Smith (NOAA NCEI). Extreme Events and Economic Impacts
Robert Brammer, Ph.D., American Bar Association Section of Science
Isabelle Michal, UNHCR Addressing Climate-Induced Displacements; Systems Thinking
Kanta Kumari Rigaud, World Bank, World Bank, Groundswell
Jenny Dissen, NCICS, NCSU - PREP India
Edward Gardiner, Ph.D., Climate Resilience Toolkit
"Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast", November 6, 2015. An educational symposium in collaboration with the American Institute for Architects and the Collider: Read the Symposium Summary See news Future Shock: Climate Resilient Architecture The Mountain Xpress
Climate and Respiratory Health - Focus Asthma November 9, 2017 is an interdisciplinary event that brings together climate scientists, environmental and public health specialists, technologists, and healthcare professionals to focus on the impact of weather and climate on respiratory health. The event benefits greatly from the Advisory and Organizing Committees, who bring the authoritative voice of climate and science, and the preponderance of evidence-based research and data to the area of respiratory health.
The forum offers insights into the synergistic solutions encompassing climate and health. Professionals in public and environmental health, nursing, epidemiology, environmental studies, or interdisciplinary studies in climate change and society gain insights the impact of the environment and future climate on respiratory health. Students gain the opportunity to meet subject matter experts in the fields of climate and health. CASE Consultants International convenes the health forum discussion with sponsors Clean Air Carolina, Green Built Alliance, and with collaboration from NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-NC (CICS)and The Collider, a nonprofit center in Asheville.
Why climate? According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program report Climate and Health Assessment, climate change exacerbates conditions that adversely affect respiratory health. Warmer and wetter conditions produce dampness and mold linked to 4.6 million cases of worsened asthma. Particulates from long enduring wildfires, which occur more frequently; and pollen from extended seasons of warming temperatures expose asthma sufferers to longer periods of allergens and other asthma triggers.
Why asthma? A major public health concern in the US, asthma accounts for more than 10 million outpatient visits, two million emergency room visits, and 500,000 hospitalizations yearly. More than 4,000 deaths each year are directly attributable to asthma, with 7,000 more deaths considered partially attributable to asthma.The death rate for children from asthma has increased by nearly 80% percent since 1980.
The science of climate and respiratory health: Keynote speaker Dr. Susan Annenberg of George Washington University, begins her remarks stating that asthma is the most prevalent chronic respiratory disease worldwide, and states that climate change could increase ER visits for allergy-related asthma (Anenberg et al., GeoHealth, 2017) and also presented cutting edge results submitted for publication. A panel of experts explain the cause and effect, and demonstrate tools that help asthma sufferers adapt to the climate change factors that exacerbate the conditions that trigger asthma:
Tools and technology of personalizing public health: Jim Fox, Director, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center;
Calvin Cupini Citizen Science Program Manager Clean Air Carolina, AirKeepers and Citizen Science;, The Role of Citizen Science and the Internet of Things in Effective Air Quality Data-Gathering for Respiratory Health
Video - communicating in simple terms therelationship between climate change and pollen